Egypt court gives life sentence to Brotherhood supreme leader over violence

Egypt court gives life sentence to Brotherhood supreme leader over violence

CAIRO, (Rahnuma) An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced the supreme guide of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group Mohammed Badie, and other five top members to life sentence over inciting violence and murder outside the group’s headquarters in 2013, state-run Ahram newspaper reported.

Life sentence in Egypt is 25 years in jail.

The convicted were accused of providing weapons, ammunition and explosive devices to militants.

They were accused of inciting riots, violence and premeditated murder outside the group’s headquarters in the southeastern Cairo neighborhood of Mokattam. Violence there left at least nine people dead and 91 others injured.

Since the army-led ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, in response to mass protests against his rule, hundreds of his supporters have been detained over charges varying from violence, murder, jailbreak and spying.

Badie, spiritual guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, was handed death sentence in another case for ordering the murder of 10 people in Cairo in 2013.

In January 2010, Badie was elected the Muslim Brotherhood’s eighth chief since its foundation in 1928 after a bitter dispute between ideologically focused conservatives and reformists.

He also received two other life sentences in cases respectively related to espionage for a foreign country and violence.

Morsi himself is currently serving a 20-year sentence for inciting deadly clashes between his supporters and opponents in late 2012, and a 25-year jail term for leaking classified documents to Qatar.

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